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Japanese Film Festival 2016

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Japan on show at the Mercury
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the creepy schoolteacher from the movie 'Assassination Classroom - Graduation'

The Japanese Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema this month promises a feast of fun for all ages, and it's refreshingly lacking in sex and violence, although Assassination Classroom would certainly give you some nasty thrills, if the creepy appearance of the schoolteacher Koro-sensei is anything to go by.

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Scene from 'Creepy'

Creepy is another movie that offers mystery and adult themes. Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa won an award at the Cannes Film festival with his previous film, Journey to the Shore.

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Still from 'Erased'

Erased is also a thriller, based on the famous Manga by Kei Sanbe. (In case you didn't know, Manga are graphic novels). The hero is a manga artist who has to journey back and relive the traumas of the past in order to solve the mystery of his mother's murder.

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What a wonderful family!

For more light-hearted fare, two family films are What a wonderful family! and the 3d animation Rudolf the Black Cat.

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Rudolf and his mate Gottalot

Teenagers are also catered for with the two part Chihayafuru, which features the extraordinary competitive game known as karuta (a traditional Japanese card game based on classic poetry). The heroine Chihaya is determined to revive enthusiasm for karuta and lead her friends to victory at the national tournament.

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Characters from Chihayafuru Part 2

There is plenty more to delight and enthrall for all ages and tastes, including Tsukiji Wonderland, a fascinating documentary on the world's largest fish market.

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Scene from 'Tsukiji Wonderland'

The Festival kicks off on October 21 and continues until October 30. Details are on the Mercury Cinema's website.
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Why? Family fun, manga thrills and classic drama
When: Evenings and matinees
Phone: Ph. 8410 0979
Where: Mercury Cinema 13 Morphett Street Adelaide, SA, 5000
Cost: $15 - $18.50
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